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COAPSTICK, A. H.
In the person of the late A. H. Coapstick, for many years a well known and progressive agriculturist of Warren township, Clinton county, we have a sample of worthy race of people to whom the country is largely indebted for its development and progress. He was not a showy man, but simply a plain, industrious tiller of the soil, who worked hard to get a start in the world, provided well for his family, did his duty to his fellow man and made a good neighbor and citizens. To such as he Indiana owes much. Here and there scattered over the state in every county, they toiled and worker, cleared, grubbed and ditched, fought the hindrances of nature in the way of swamps and dense forests, gradually making headway, until in time we see beautiful and highly cultivated farms as the result of their arduous labors. Such were the farmers of the generation that has passed. They did not figure in public life, most of them. Their names were seldom mentioned in the papers, for they lived quiet, unpretentious lives, but it was their work and self-sacrifice that was gradually building up to the state, adding to its wealth and beauty, until it became one of the finest agricultural regions in the world. Mr. Coapstick was a public-spirited man in all that the term implies, was ever interested in movements tending to promote the general welfare and withheld his support from the movement for the good of the locality as long honored by his residence. His personal relations with his fellow men were ever mutually pleasant and agreeable, and he was highly regarded by all, having been obliging and straightforward in all the relations of life.
Mr. Coapstick was born in Carroll county, Indiana, April 20, 1849. He was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (CONCANNON) COAPSTICK. The father died when the subject of this memoir was nine months old, and soon thereafter the mother moved with her children to Owen township, Clinton county, where our subject lived on a farm until he was fourteen years old, then started out for himself, having had but little chance to secure an education. He began life as a farmer which vocation he followed all his life with more than ordinary success, accumulating one of the most desirable farms in Warren township, on which he built a substantial and attractive home in 1851.
Mr. Coapstick was married November 7, 1871 to Louisa YOUNG, who was born, February 18, 1851 in Clinton county, Indiana. She is a daughter of Dr. R. O. and Margaret N. (ROBISON) YOUNG. Dr. Young was a son of Robert and Jane (OGLE) YOUNG, both natives of Dauphin county, Pennsylvania. Their family consisted of ten children, Dr. R. O. Young having been the fifth son and sixth child. Robert Young spent his early life in Pennsylvania from which state he came to Ohio in 1801, and established the future home of the family. He was a tailor by trade.
Dr. Young attended the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, and followed the medical profession all his active life. He was very successful and prominent among the pioneers. He came to Clinton county in 1835. He and Margaret N. Robison were married on March 21, 1848. She was a daughter of Andrew ROBISON. To Dr. Young and wife five children were born, two of whom are still living, namely: Robert, born February 9, 1850, married Sarah E. TAYLOR, who died in April , 1885; Louisa, now the wife of Owen E. BEARD, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume: Mary, born June 15, 1853, died June 11, 1886; Hulda, born May 21, 1858 (deceased), and Milton, born January 20, 1863 died April 1, 1863. The death of the mother of the above named children occurred on March 17, 1863, and Dr. Young later married Susanna COMPTON, on November 1, 1864. Her death occurred on March 15, 1908. Dr. Young has also been deceased some time.
To A. H. Coapstick and wife four children were born, all now deceased, namely: Ida M., John and two who died in infancy.
Mr. Coapstick was a Democrat politically, a member of the Presbyterian church, and a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge No. 304 at Middlefork. He carried the sublime precepts taught by his lodge and his church into his every-day life and was therefore a highly esteemed and influential man and one of our best citizens, and when he was summoned to his eternal reward on July 1, 1895, he was greatly missed from the township and county of his residence.
pp. 643-645 Source II
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COAPSTICK, James H.
JAMES H. COAPSTICK, a well-to-do farmer of Michigan township, Clinton County, Ind., and an ex-soldier, was born September 26, 1844, and was reared and educated in Clinton, the county of his nativity. His father, Samuel Coapstick, was a native of Ohio and of German extraction. He came to Clinton county, Ind., about 1840, and settled in Owen township, where he passed the remainder of his days as a farmer. He married Elizabeth CONCANNON, of Ohio, by whom he became the father of five children. Before he had reached the age of eighteen, James H. Coapstick enlisted, August 26, 1862, for three years, in company H, Third cavalry, or Forty-fifth regiment Indiana volunteers, which was assigned to the army of the Cumberland, and placed under the command of the renowned cavalry general, KILPATRICK. His first action was at Stone River, where he was in the saddle almost constantly for five consecutive days and nights, without rest or proper rations; he was next in a cavalry fight down the Shelbyville pike, where the confederate cavalry commander, Jo WHEELER, attempted to ambush the Federals in front, while FORREST was to flank tthe rear, but the rebels were badly beaten. Mr. Coapstick was also at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. He was next in a number of skirmishes in east Tennessee, at this time acting as orderly for regimental commander; he then acted with SHERMAN's army as rear guard immediately after the Atlanta campaign, and was constantly engaged in skirmishing, scouting and fighting. He next aided KILPATRICK in destroying stores, etc., at Jonesboro. During the Jonesboro battle, Mr. Coapstick, in company with 100 picked cavalrymen, was sent to cut telegraph lines and tear up railways twenty miles away from the field, in the midst of the enemy's country. With SHERMAN he made the march to the sea, and was honorably discharged at Greensboro, S. C., June 8, 1865. He now receives a pension of eight dollars per month. October 7, 1869, Mr. Coapstick married Miss Caroline Young, daughter of John and Isabel (BENARD) YOUNG-- the former a pioneer farmer of Clinton county, and an elder in the Presbyterian church. Mr. Coapstick's children are named Josephine, Brant, Earl and Harvey. Mr. Coapstick settled on his farm of eighty acres in 1879. This farm is beautifully situated on the pike, one-half mile south of Michigantown, and is well improved with a modern dwelling and fine barn. He is a stanch (sic) democrat and a hard worker for his party, and is a strictly self-made man.
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It is fitting that the career of Albert Cochran, as representative of Clinton county's argicultural (sic) men, should find ample space in this volume for a detailed account. He has been a successful mail in his chosen vocation, and his prosperity has been the logical consequence of straight and honest business methods, He has kept in touch with the times, has not hesitated to adopt new and labor-saving devices for the cultivation of his crops, and he bears a well-earned reputation for progressiveness in the community by reason of this spirit.
Mr. Cochran was born on Washingtons birthday, in the year of 1850, and was the son of Nathaniel and Harriet (JONES) COCHRAN, the father being a native of Marion county, Indiana, and the mother of West Virginia. When our subject was two years of age his father died with typhoid fever, the mother died in Howard county in 1893, at the age of seventy-two years. The father was a farmer all of his life and was one of nine children. The mother was the oldest of a large family of thirteen children. Our subject's grandfather on his father's side was one of the earliest settlers in the Hoosier state. The grandfather on his mothers side came from Wales, settled in West Virginia at an early day, and died in Madison county, Indiana.
Our subject received his early education in a log cabin school that was built upon his grandfather's farm. He was prevented from attending regularly, for as soon as he was able he was compelled to aid his mother, as he was the oldest of six children. When he was half way through his teens he served a two-year apprenticeship in the wagon-maker's trade, receiving his board and clothes as a compensation. In 1868 he went into the wagon-making business for himself at Marklelville, Madison county, Indiana, and remained there for a long period of twenty years. He also did carpenter work for seven years, making a success of it. In the spring of 1885 he came to Clinton county, and took up farming, which he has followed ever since. For four years he farmed west of Russiaville, for two years west of Forest, and for thirteen years one mile south of present farm. Where he is at present located he owns sixty-two acres of excellent land, and raises corn, oats, wheat and hogs.
Politically, Mr. Cochran is a Republican, but has never been a seeker of public office, although he served for six years on the advisory board of Center township. Fraternally, he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He attends no church regularly.
On October 7, 1874 Mr. Cochran was married to Martha E. Cook, the daughter of Joel and Susan (ROGERS) COOK, farmers of Hancock county. Her mother was a native of North Carolina and her father came from the Old Dominion. She was one of fifteen children, eleven of whom are living. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cochran: Charles Nathaniel (deceased), Maurice Edgar, farmer and school teacher of this county, has three children, Mural F., Lloyd and Morris G.; Austin, a Clinton county farmer, has one child, Mildred; Mrs. Arminta COHEE, wife of the city clerk of Frankfort, has one child, Dorothy E. ; Mrs. Ada RICHARDS, has one child, William A.; and Arthur, a Clinton county farmer, has one child, Opal Pauline.
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COCHRAN, Harrison W.
Fairly good crops may be produced in any section of Indiana when the season is particularly favorable to that section even though the best methods of crop production are not followed, but it is when unseasonable conditions prevail that results of good farming are most apparent. The beneficial results of good farm management are very apparent on the fine farm of Harrison W. Cochran, in Forest township, Clinton county. He has adopted the modern system of permanent agriculture, treats his soil with proper fertilizers, natural and commercial, carefulIy rotates his crops of corn, oats, wheat and clover, takes care of his orchard, has time to look after his garden and never neglects his chicken yard and barn yard, no small part of his annual income being derived from the judicious handling of live stock.
Mr. Cochran was born March 10, 1861 in Warren township, Clinton county, Ind. He is a son of Aaron M. and Adeline (WALTERS) COCHRAN. The father was born January 8, 1818 in Switzerland county, Ind., where he was reared and married to Laura MORRISON, also a native of that county. Of this union four children were born: Merietta (deceased), who married George TAPP; Lucy A. (deceased), was married to Frank SIMS; John (deceased) ; and Sarah Frances married to J. W. GUTHRIDGE.
After the death of his first wife, Aaron COCHRAN, in the early fifties, moved from Switzerland county to Clinton county, locating in what is now known as Forest township, and in August, 1856, he married Adeline Walters, who was born in Pennsylvania, December 23, 1832. She was a daughter of Gillian and Elizabeth (KANABLE) WALTERS. Mr. Walters was born in Somerset county, Penn., June 23, 1805. Grandmother Walters was born March 10, I810, also in the above named county. They were married on March 29, 1829. Mr. Walters was well educated for his day. In 1844 he, with his parents, crossed the mountains in "prairie schooners" to Clinton county, and here purchased wild land which they cleared and developed into a good farm on which a sturdy bunch of children were reared. The family of Gillian Walters consisted of twelve children : Harrison, born December 8, 1829, a soldier in the Civil war, died when in his eighty-second year: Jacob, born January 27, 1831, died in 1908; Adeline, wife of Aaron M. Cochran; Catherine, born September 26, 1834, died November, 1908, Levi, born July 3, I836, a soldier in the Union army, died while in the service, on May 6, 1864, at the great battle of the Wilderness: Rebecca, born February 8, 1838, died March 17, I903; John, born December 20, 1840, now living in Ohio: Samuel, born June 16, 1843, now living at Frankfort. Ind.: Oliver, born December 8, I845, died January 1, 1908: Lucinda, born April 21, 1848, died March 30, 1884; Madison, born May 21, 1852, died December 30, 1879: and Minerva, died in infancy.
Grandfather Walters made his home in this locality and died here September 30, 1875. Grandmother Walters died September 9, 1904. The mother of the subject of this sketch was twice married, first, to Josiah BAKER, who was born in Pennsylvania, and whose death occurred in Clinton county after which Mrs. Baker married Mr. Cochran, who spent his life engaged in agricultural pursuits. His family consisted of five children by his second wife: William, born April 6, 1856, married to Mary AUBLE, now living in Forest township; Munroe, born August 4, I857, died August 20, 1909, married to Alice McFARLAND; Harrison W., subject of this review; Cynthia, born December 2, 1866, married to Andrew EIKENBERRY; India, born January 4, 1871, married to Charles BLAIR, with the last named daughter the mother of these children is making her home. The death of Aaron M. Cochran occurred on June 30, 1886. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and politically he was a Republican. He was township assessor for several years and was an influential man in his community.
Harrison W. Cochran grew to manhood on the home farm, and received a good education in the common schools of his native county. On December 11, 1902 he married Lydia BURNS, daughter of Joseph I. BURNS, a complete sketch of whom appears on another page of this work. Here Mrs. Cochran grew to womanhood, received a public school education, and for several years taught school successfully. Mr. And Mrs. Cochran have had no children.
Mr. Cochran has followed general farming and stock raising since a boy. He owns over eighty acres of good land in Forest township, all tillable but about six acres, which is in pasture. The place is properly tiled and fenced and has two barns and a good dwelling. Mr. Cochran is at present living in the village of Forest, where he has a fine, well furnished two story dwelling and here he also owns seven valuable lots. He raises Jersey cows, Duroc hogs and a general breed of horses. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and Masons, is a Republican and a Methodist.
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Born: 14 June 1803 Grainger Co., TN
Married: Mary A. "?" (1807-1863), ca 1823 in TN
Died: 28 June 1853 Clinton Co., IN
Parents: Unknown; father may have been Rinehart COFFMAN.
Children: Susanna (SCOTT), Michael, RInehart, Elizabeth, Rebecca
(KING), Leonard Jr., Anna (SNODGRASS), Mary A. (SPILLMAN), John, Louisa
Other information: Two oldest children born in TN. Owned real estate in Sugar Creek Twp., Clinton Co., IN in 1850.
Source: 1850 census
Submitter: Pattie Hannon
COHEE, Addison F.
Life is pleasant to live when we know how to make the most of it. Some people start on their careers as if they had weights on their souls, or were afraid to make the necessary effort to live up to a high standard. Others, by not making a proper study of the conditions of existence, or by not having the best of all trainers, good parents, are side-tracked at the outset and never seem thereafter to be able to get back again on the main track. Much depends on the start, just as it does in a race. The horse that gets the best start, all other things being equal, will almost invariably win the race. So in the race of life; if you are properly started with suitable grooming, such as good educational and home training, you will lead in the race in after years and enjoy your existence. Such home influence were thrown around Addison Frederick Cohee, well known citizen of Frankfort, Clinton county. Both father and mother were always known to be people of sound principles and exemplary habits, and at their deaths, many years ago, there was no word of reproach spoken by anyone, and they left a name revered by all their many friends.
Mr. Cohee is the scion of one of our earliest pioneer families, his grandfather having settled in wilds of this locality over eighty years ago. He was born in Michigan township, Clinton county, October 16, 1875, and is a son of William A. and Katie E. (CLINE) COHEE.
Benjamin COHEE, the paternal grandfather, was born in the state of Delaware, September 10, 1788. He was a son of Benjamin and Rachael (DILL) COHEE. The family came to Butler county, Ohio, in an early day and from there the grandfather came to Clinton county, Indiana, in 1830 and settled four miles northwest of Frankfort, when this county was covered with dense woods, in which only a spot here and there had been cleared. Here Benjamin Cohee worked hard and prospered, owning eventually a good farm here on January 7, 1863. He married Rebecca WILSON January 4, 1821. She was born in Delaware, January 9, 1803, and her death occurred on March 4, 1868. William A. Cohee, our subjects father, was born June 7, 1853, in Jackson township, Clinton county, and here he grew to manhood and devoted his life to farming. He and Kate E. Cline were married December 24, 1874. His death occurred August 17, 1878, when still a young man. His widow survived until in February, 1895. Politically, he was a Republican, and he belonged to the Methodist church.
Addison F. Cohee grew to manhood in his native county, and he received a common school education. He began life for himself by working for the Clover Leaf Railroad four years, then he worked for the Indiana & Illinois Light Company, and the City lighting plant at Frankfort, and during the past ten years he has filled the position of wire chief for the Central Union Telegraph Company, discharging his duties in an eminently satisfactory manner, as might be surmised by his long retention. He is an expert in this line of work and is careful and painstaking.
Politically, Mr. Cohee is a Republican, but has never been active in public affairs.
On April 4, 1900, Mr. Cohee was married to Jessie GHERE, a daughter of Jacob T. and Anna GHERE, a highly respected family of Jackson township, Clinton county, where Mrs. Cohee grew to womanhood and was educated.
Mr. Cohee has a beautiful and tastily furnished home in East Walnut street, Frankfort, and he also owns a valuable and highly productive farm of two hundred and forty acres in Kirklin township.
pp. 795-796 Source II
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COHEE, Hezekiah M.
HEZEKIAH M. COHEE, a progressive and successful young farmer of Michigan township, Clinton county, Ind., was born in boone county, Ind., April 21, 1860, the son of Andrew and Amelia (IRWIN) COHEE, who were early settllers of boone county. the great-grandfather Benjamin Cohee, the progenitor of the Cohee kindred of this county,came to America in early manhood and settled in the state of Delaware, where he married and reared a large family. Benjamin Cohee, the grandfather of our subject, was one of the family and was born in the state of Delaware September 10, 1788. He grew to manhood's estate in his native county and there married Miss Nancy HOLLAND, and sometime thereafter Mr. Cohee removed to Butler county, Ohio. By this marriage three sons were born, viz: Vincent D., Jonathan, and Henry H. Mrs. Nancy Cohee died while the children were yet small and Mr. Cohee married Miss. Rebecca WILSON, and, September 30, 1830, moved to Clinton county, Ind., where he settled on 240 acres of land that he entered in 1828. They became the parents of eight children, four sons and four daughters, viz: Andrew, Wilson, James L., Hezekiah, Marv A., Rachel C., Hattie J., and Eliza C. Grandfather Benjaniin Cohee died January 7, 1863, and his wife Rebecca, died March 4, 1868. Andrew Cohee, the father of our subject, being, the eldest son born to Benjamin and Rebecca Cohee, dates his birth from March 14, 1823, in Butler county, Ohio, and, while yet a small boy, came with his parents to Indiana, where he grew to manhood, assisting his father in forging a home out of the wilderness. March 2, 1847, he married Miss Amelia IRWIN, who was born in Ohio, November 27, 1828,. This marriage took place near Eagle Village, in Boone county, Ind., and has been blessed by the birth of six children, three sons and three daughters, viz: Sarah E., born September 19, 1850; David D., born October 1853; Rebecca J., born October 30, 1856; Hezekiah M., born April 21, 1860; John A., born December 24, 1866; and Ella, born June 4, 1869. Mr. Cohee is one of the substantial and well-to-do farmers of Boone county, and, in 1854, located on his present farm, three and one-half miles north of Lebanon, where he has resided ever since. He and wife have been worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal church upward of fifty years, and are highly respected by all who know them.
Hezekiah M. Cohee grew to manhood in his native county and became quite well educated, and is still a great student and reader of current literature. January 1, 1881, he married Margaret Wharry, daughter of James and Julia A. (PRICE) WHARRY. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Cohee have been born the following children: Cecil M., born December 4, 1882; Leslie W., born June 29, 1885, deceased; Clifton, born April 9, 1887; Leah I., born September 20, 1890, and Paul, born October 8, 1894. Mr. Cohee owns a good farm of 160 acres, of which, Mrs. Cohee inherited thirty-six acres from her father's estate. This is now well improved with a fine house and barn and is furnished with all modern improvements. In politics, Mr. Cohee is strongly republican. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cohee are members of the Methodist church, of which he is superintendent of the Sunday-school. Mr. Cohee is a member of Herman lodge, No. 184, F. & A. M. He is heartily in favor of our school system, is a liberal supporter of the church, and is public-spirited and generally progressive.
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COHEE, S. C.
S. C. COHEE, a member of one of the oldest and most respectable families of Clinton county, Ind., was born in the city of Frankfort, August 11, 1858, and is one of a family of three sons and three daughters born to Ezekiel and Lydia (MICHAELS) COHEE , natives of Prebel county, Ohio. Samuel Cohee, father of Ezekiel, was born in 1802, was the father of five sons and four daughters, and died in Frankfort February 22, 1892, his wife having preceded him to the grave in 1880. The latter was a daughter of Fred MICHAELS, one of the pioneers of Clinton county.
S. C. Cohee, now the leading liveryman of Frankfort, has supported himself since he was twelve years of age, but until ten years old he lived on a farm. His first effort at self-support was at teaming; he was then employed in a feed store and next engaged in draying. June 8, 1888, with a partner, he started his present livery barn, but two-and-a-half years later became sole proprietor, and by his affability rectitude and strict attention to the wants of patrons, has met with more than ordinary success. In 1875, Mr. Cohee married Miss Ida Bell WILSON of Kempton Ind., and this happy union has been blessed with three children, named Ethel, Clair, and Lela. Mr. Cohee is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, and, being a native of the county and city and a descendant of one of the pioneer families, stands socially in a very high position.
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COHEE, Samuel C.
The rewards of industry and patient application to a single task are the same, no matter what the occupation, whether it is laboring among a crowd of ill-paid foreigners or occupying the highest chair in the land. Perseverance, integrity, ambition, and sociability are qualities that go to make the American man par excellence, and the subject of this sketch is the fortunate possessor of these qualities. Engaged in a business in which opportunities are afforded to cultivate friends, Samuel C. Cohee has never failed to add every day to his list. His affability and his genial attitude toward the affairs of the life make everyone associated with him more optimistic, and in this day and age such an influence is profoundly needed.
Mr. Cohee was born August 11, 1858, in Frankfort, Indiana, the son of Ezekiel and LYDIA (MICHAELS) COHEE. His father was a native of Preble county, Ohio, and came to Clinton county in early manhood to follow the trade of farming. Mrs. Cohee was a daughter of Frederich MICHAELS, one of the earliest pioneers of this county. She died in 1880, leaving six children to mourn her loss.
Samuel Cohee lived upon the farm of his birth until he was ten years old, and then, at that tender age, was forced to begin supporting himself. It was work or starve with the young lad, and he worked and worked hard. He began teaming, then worked in a feed store, and finally took up draying. In 1888 he had accumulated enough of the worlds goods to start a livery all of his own. Accordingly he did so, and today his livery is one of the best and most completely equipped in the county.
In 1873 Mr. Cohee was married to Ida Bell WILSON, of Kempton, Indiana, and to them there have been born three children.
Politically, Mr. Cohee claims affiliation with the Democratic party, and has always used his best efforts in their behalf. Fraternally, he belongs to the Improved Order of Red Men.
pp. 572-573 Source II
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COIN, Mrs. Frances
This estimable lady is deserving of much credit for what she has accomplished in the face of obstacles and discouragements that would have thwarted the purposes of others of less sterling fibre, and she has shown herself to be capable of managing successfully a large and valuable farm, being the fortunate owner of The Oakland, one of the best stock and grain farms in Perry township, Clinton county, on which stands one of our most attractive rural homes She is the possessor of many commendable attributes of head and heart and has long been a favorite with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Martin COIN, deceased husband of Mrs. Frances Coin, of this review, was one of the prominent agriculturists and stock men of this county. He was born in Cass county, Indiana, May 1, 1854, and his death occurred on November 17, 1907. He came of a worthy old family, noted alike for their industry and honesty. He was a son of Randolph and Eleanor (RYAN) COIN, both born in Virginia, and each representatives of fine old Southern families. There they spent their earlier years, finally coming to Cass county, Indiana. They each received such educations as the old-time schools afforded. They became well established in Cass county and there spent the rest of their lives.
Martin Coin was reared in the Hoosier state and when a boy assisted with the general work on the home farm, and he received a good common school education. In early manhood he was married to Frances COYNER, a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families, who early settled in Perry township, this county, where Mrs. Coin was born, reared and educated. She is a daughter of Jacob COYNER, who came of an old Maryland family, whose ancestors originally came from Germany, about the year 1700. The family became prominent in the old Oriole state, assisted in the development of the localities where they lived, fought in our early wars and encouraged the work of the school and the church. The family finally moved to Indiana and became well established in Clinton county, known here for their honesty and industry, and many noble qualities of head and heart. Jacob Coyner left a large and valuable estate for his children.
Mrs. Coins valuable farm of one hundred and forty-seven acres lies three and one-half miles northeast of Colfax. It is well managed, well kept, everything denoting thrift and care.
Mrs. Coin has one daughter, Mrs. Goldie GLADEN (sic), who was given excellent educational advantages. She was married in 1908 to Walker GLADDEN (sic), a young man of much promise and fine character. They have one child (sic), a daughter, Frances Marguerite, born February 11, 1912, and a son, Raymond, born July 26, 1909.
pp. 487-488 Source II
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COLBY, Thaddeus S.
Thaddeus S. COLBY, blacksmith, Newtown was born near Oswego, NY Aug 1, 1823. He is the son of Samuel and Jemima Northrup Colby and was reared a farmer. At age 19 he went to work to learn the blacksmith's trade. In 1844 he came west and stopped in Ohio where he worked with his brother at his trade. About 1850 he came to Delphi, Indiana and remained there 3 years. He then went to Clinton Co and followed blacksmithing and farming till the war broke out. He then volunteered in Aug 1861 and went to the army in Co K 10th Ind VOl., Col. MD Manson. He was in the battles of North Fork, Mill Spring, Chickamauga, and Mission Ridge. He served int he Atlanta campaign and fought at Resac,a Kenesaw Mt and Atlanta. He served also on deatil as blacksmith. He was mustered out of the service in Sept, 1864. Next spring he went to Nashville and obtained government employment as smith. In the fall he returned to Indiana. In 1866 he settled in Newtown and has since lived here working at his trade. He was married in 1853 to Caroline COLEMAN who died in 1856 leaving one living child, Joseph. April 2, 1868 he celebrated his nuptials with Catharine P. BLACK daughter of Aaron Black of newtown. Both Mr. and Mrs. Colby belong to the Baptist Church and the former is a Maosn. He is also a republican in politics.
Source: Beckwith, H. W. History of Fountain County, Indiana. Chicago: HH Hill, 1881, p. 283.
Transcribed By: Karen Zach
COLLINS, James W.
JAMES W. COLLINS is a well- known business man and prominent official of Frankfort. He was born in Highland county, Ohio, August 14, 1848, and inherits in a marked degree the characteristics of the sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestors from which he is descended. The family of which he is a representative settled at an early day in Maryland and from there his grandparents emigrated to Highland county, Ohio, about the year 1820, and died in the latter state sometime in the early fifties. They reared a family of five children, viz: Thomas, John, Mary, William and George W. --- the latter the father of the subject of this notice. George W. Collins was reared to agricultural pursuits, and in early life assisted his father in the manufacture of old-fashioned spinning wheels so common in the pioneer times and he exercised his mechanical skill in this way until his twenty-fourth year. He then married Mary J. PATTON, and immediately afterward began carpentering and building, which he followed until 1854 in Ohio, and then came to Clinton county, Ind., where he was similarly engaged for two years, returning to his native state at the end of that period. He died in Ross county, Ohio, March 16, 1858; his widow survives him, and resides at this time with a daughter at the town of South Salem. George W. and Mary J. Collins were the parents of the following children: James W., Mary E., Edgar F., a physician of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, and Laura, deceased. The father of Mrs. Collins was James PATTON, and the maiden name of her mother was Margaret EDGAR, a native of Kentucky and a relative of the TODD family to which Mrs. Abraham Lincoln belonged.
James W. Collins, who grew to manhood on a farm in Ross county, Ohio, attended the common schools and later South Salem academy. When twenty-one years of age he left Ross county, Ohio, and came to Indiana, locating at Frankfort, where he accepted the position of deputy in the county recorders office under David B. CARTER, the duties of which he discharged for a period of three years. During the three years succeeding Mr. Collins taught in the schools of Clinton county, and in the meantime began the study of law in the offices of Messrs. Page & Bayless, under whose instruction he continued for some months, and then went to La Fayette, where he remained about two years, with the law firm of Behm, Park & Behm. For the nest two years he resided at Colfax, and in 1879 returned to Frankfort, where he entered the practice of law. In December, 1881, he accepted the position of deputy county treasurer under Alexander B. GIVEN, in which capacity he continued two years; and later, for about the same length of time, conducted a thriving drug business. In the spring of 1892 he was complimented by being elected mayor of the city, which honorable position he filled with ability for one term of two years.
Mr. Collins was married in Frankfort on the thirty-first day of December, 1884, to Miss Jesse B. MULHALLEN, who was born n Rockville, Ind., June 16, 1856. The union thus consummated has resulted in the birth of three children, namely Ester, Todd and James C. Mr. Collins is one of the leading republicans of Frankfort and has always taken a lively interest in the success of the party. He is a knight templar Mason and an Episcopalian in his religious belief, belonging to the Frankfort congregation, as does also his wife. In every relation relation of life Mr. Collins has shown himself to be a man of prudence, sagacity, discretion of judgment, of scrupulous integrity and gentlemanly demeanor. In the capacity as mayor, he proved a most excellent executive, and in the public positions to which he was called from time to time the ability and faithfulness which were displayed in the discharge of the duties incident thereto show him to have been a most competent and obliging public servant.
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COMBS, John E.
Few can draw rules for their own guidance from the pages of Plutarch, but all are benefited by the delineation of those traits of character which find scope and exercise in the common walks of life. The unostentatious routine of private life, although in the aggregate more important to the welfare of the community than any meteoric public career, cannot, from its very nature, figure in the public annals, though each localitys history should contain the names of those individuals who contribute to the success of the material affairs of a community and to its public stabilitymen who lead wholesome and exemplary lives which might be profitably studied by the coming generation. In such a class must consistently appear the name of John E. Combs, one of the leading business men and public-spirited citizens of Clinton county, and president of the Citizens National Bank of Mulberry, an honor which was conferred upon him by the votes of the stockholders of that sound and popular institution, and he is also largely interested in agricultural affairs and stock raising. He is a man who leads a plain, industrious life, always endeavoring to deal honestly with his fellow men and to contribute in every way possible to the general public good in an unobtrusive manner.
Mr. Combs was born March 24, 1853, in Madison township, near the town of Mulberry, Clinton county. He is a scion of one of our sterling old pioneer families, noted for its industry and honesty. He is a son of William B. and Susan Patterson (RICHARDSON) COMBS. The elder Combs who came to Clinton county in 1852, became one of the prominent citizens of this locality. He was born in Butler county, Ohio, and was a son of John Combs, a native of New Jersey, where the family had long been well established. Susan Patterson Richardson, mentioned above, was a native of Butler county, Pa., and was a daughter of M. C. RICHARDSON, a well-known citizen there in his day and generation. The death of William B. Combs occurred at the age of fifty-five years. His widow survived to the advanced age of eighty-one years. They were the parents of five children: John E., of this review; Sarah Frances, who married a Mr. ELLIOTT, living at Elwood, Ind.; William B., and extensive farmer and stock man of Madison township, this county; Malachi and Charles N.
The father of the above named children owned a valuable farm of two hundred acres here and was a successful general farmer. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and is an Odd Fellow and a Mason. John E. COMBS was reared on the home farm, leading a life during his boyhood days not unlike that of other boys on the farm of his time. He received his early education in the public schools, which has been greatly supplemented in after life by wide home reading and by actual contact with the business world. He remained on the home farm until he was twenty-three years old, when he married Tillie STECKEL, representative of an excellent family, and herself a young lady of much promise. She met an untimely death in 1880, when only twenty-one years of age, being accidentally burned. She left one child, Ollie, who died when two years old. She was a member of the Reformed church. She was a daughter of Joseph STECKEL. Mr. Combs subsequently married Jennie MUSE, a native of Lehigh county, Pa., of a highly respected family, and she has proven to be a worthy helpmeet in every respect. She is a daughter of Charles MUSE, deceased. Our subjects last union has been blessed by the birth of six children: two sons and four daughters: Cleveland, married to Bertha KINNEY; Lulu, wife of E. CLAPPER of Lafayette, Ind.; Mattie B., Elizabeth B., William and Emma, who died in infancy. These children were all given good educational advantages, attending the local schools and Purdue University, at Lafayette, Ind.
John E. Combs has devoted his life principally to general farming and stock raising and he has long ranked among the leading men in these lines in the county. He owns a finely improved and productive farm of four hundred acres in Madison township. He has an attractive, large and modernly furnished home, and substantial and convenient outbuildings. He is a stockholder in the Citizens National Bank at Mulberry and has for some time been president of the same, doing much toward making this one of the leading banks of the county. Politically he is a Democrat and is a worker for the party. He takes a lead in all movements that are calculated to be of general good to the county in every way, and he is a man of exemplary habits, so that the high esteem in which he is universally held is well merited. Mr. Combs is a member of the Mason, I. O. O. F. and the K. of P. He was postmaster at Mulberry for four years during Clevelands administration.
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The ancestors of the Combs family in America were emigrants from Holland, and they settled in Monmouth county, New Jersey, some time prior to the Revolutionary (sic) war. The oldest member of the family known was John COMBS, who was the great-great grandfather of the subject of this sketch. He was a soldier in the war for Independence, and served as captain in Formans regiment of Continental troops, from March 20, 1777, till the date of his death, on September 2, 1779. One of his sons was John COMBS, born in New Jersey, July 8, 1770, and on February 25, 1793, married Elizabeth BOWNE. This man with his family, at an early date, settled in Butler county, Ohio, on a farm near Hamilton, where he died, September 5, 1829. One of his sons, also named John, was born November 20, 1798. He was married to Jane BROWN, and located on a farm three miles northwest of Hamilton, Butler county, Ohio, where he spent all of his life. He practiced strict economy, became a man of considerable wealth, and was a very devout United Presbyterian, and with his wife and family were regular attendants at the church of that denomination in Hamilton. He died there on his farm in April, 1871, at the age of seventy-three years. Nathan B. COMBS, the father of Joseph Combs, was the youngest son of the last named John Combs, and was born in Butler county, Ohio, April 16, 1831, and up to the twenty-second year of his age his life was passed on his fathers farm near Hamilton in that county. He had two older brothers, one James B. COMBS, who later settled in Washington, Ia., and William B. COMBS, who made his home on a farm one mile southeast of Mulberry, in this county. John E. COMBS and William B. COMBS are sons of this member of the family, and now live near Mulberry, Clinton county, Indiana.
Nathan B. Combs first visited this county in the year of 1853, and became acquainted with Mary Margaret WRIGHT, to whom he was afterward married. She was the daughter of James W. Wright and Sarah (BALDRIDGE) WRIGHT, and then lived with her mother on a farm in what was then known as the Twelve Mile Prairie (now a part of Jackson township), and about one mile west of the Prairie Center church, in Clinton county.
In August, 1856, Nathan B. Combs and wife and family settled on a quarter section of land in the northwest corner of Washington township, about three miles east of Mulberry, in Clinton county, Indiana, where he and his wife spent the remainder of their days. The entire farm was then covered with as thickly grown and fine a body of timber as could be found in Indiana, consisting of oak, walnut, poplar, sugar maple, beech, ash, hickory and many other varieties. Many of the white oak, black walnut and yellow poplar were of gigantic size. Only a few acres of the timber had been deadened, and no clearing was done, and so before he could erect a house he had to cut and roll the logs and pile the brush, so as to make room for a building. This was quickly done and a log cabin for the family speedily erected, then a log stable and barn put up to shelter his horses and stock. Next a small patch of ground was cleared and sowed to fall wheat, other timber was deadened, ground for corn in the spring was cleared, and thus in true pioneer style he made a home for himself and family in the western wilderness. For nearly twenty years his nearest market was at Lafayette, Ind., seventeen miles away, where all of his crops and produce has to be hauled, and part of the way ever had roads. To make the trip in one day he had to get up about three oclock a.m., feed his horses, get breakfast, so as to be able to start before daylight. Always having to face a west wind, when the weather was cold, he often walked beside the wagon the entire distance to keep from freezing. This was his regular occupation two or three days out of each week all winter long, in order to get all of his crops to market. Spring and fall were always spent in clearing, ditching and fencing new ground for crops. On account of the dense growth of heavy timber this was a terrible task. The finest walnut, white oak and poplar was considered fit for nothing but to be split into rails for building fences. Trees that would now be worth hundreds of dollars were worked up in this way. Field after field were thus cleared, fenced and sowed to grain, which yielded marvelous crops of wheat, corn, oats, clover, potatoes, etc.
And so the life of Nathan B. Combs, like that of other pioneers, was a hard one, but his work was well done. He and his wife did their part in making the wilderness blossom as the rose, and preparing this county for the enjoyment of the generations yet unborn. They accumulated considerable property, and left a fine well improved farm of three hundred and fifty acres as a monument to their toil. Mr. Combs was a man of the strictest integrity, honest and honorable in all of his dealings. He was a firm believer in and supporter of the Universalist faith, though not a member of any church, and was a member of the lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, first at Jefferson, and then at Frankfort. In physical appearance he was not tall, but very large, weighting nearly three hundred pounds. He died in February, 1897. His wife, Margaret Combs, died in August, 1893.
Joseph COMBS was one of a family of ten children, and was born November 15, 1860, on the farm where his parents lived in Washington township, Clinton county. He grew up under the surroundings above stated, and so from his earliest recollection he was inured to toil. He assisted his father and brother in clearing the land, fencing, ditching, and cultivating his fathers farm, and this occupied the entire time of every year, except about three months in the winter, when he attended the district school at the village of Hamilton, and where he acquired a common school education. At the age of eighteen he secured a license to teach, and for the next six years he taught in the district schools of the county. He made further preparation for teaching by attending several terms of the summer normal school in Frankfort, conducted by County Superintendent W. H. Mushlitz and R. G. Boone, superintendent of the Frankfort city schools. Later he also attended the the (sic) State Normal School at Terre Haute, Ind.
In 1886 he began the study of law in the office of Judge J. C. Suit, in Frankfort, and the next year was admitted to the bar of the Clinton Circuit Court. March 1, 1887, he formed a partnership for the practice of law with J. C. Suit, under the firm name of Suit & Combs, which continued two years, and during which time he added to his previous study considerable knowledge of the principles of the law and the practice thereof in the Clinton Circuit Court. During the next two years he practiced alone, having his office in the Heifield building on the east side of the public square. In June, 1909, he was married to Leonara J. SEAWRIGHT, daughter of James A. SEAWRIGHT, of the city of Frankfort. In January, 1890, he made his first venture in politics, and announced his name as a candidate of the Democratic party for prosecuting attorney at the spring convention. His opponent was the late Francis M. Goldsberry, of Colfax, Ind., who was then one of the old time shrewd politicians. Combs had then had no experience whatever politically, and knew very few of the party leaders in the county, but he went industriously to work to get acquainted. The contest in the convention was quite spirited, and Combs was nominated by a very narrow margin. Then he had to meet Fred A. Sims, as his Republican opponent in the fall election. The county was then Republican, but the margin was so narrow as to make most elections hotly contested. On account of the strength and popularity of Sims, many of the Democratic leaders expected Combs to be defeated, but when the returns from the voting were all in it showed that he had won in a very close race. The final figures were, Sims 3,000, and Combs, 3,012. He took charge of the office at once, diligently applied himself to a study of criminal law and practice, and soon became a vigorous and effective prosecutor, securing many convictions and allowing very few acquittals of persons charged with crime. The Farley murder case and Freeman Cooper forgery case were two of the notable causes which he prosecuted. The next year he was defeated for re-election by N. P. Claybaugh, his Republican opponent, along with all of his party on the county ticket.
In December, 1892, he formed a partnership for the practice of law with O. S. Brumbaugh, attorney, under the firm name of Brumbaugh & Combs, which was a successful partnership and continuing for eight years, and doing a large business in this and surrounding counties. The Shenkenberger murder case, the Toll Gate cases, and the Cornthwaite case, were some of the causes they were engaged in during this time.
In June, 1901, he opened an office over the Clinton County Bank, and for the next seven years practiced alone. About the 10th of May, 1908, he announced his name as the candidate of the Democratic party for judge of the Clinton Circuit Court, before the Democratic county convention soon to be held. His opponents were Joseph P. Gray, C. G. Guenther and W. R. Moore. He had only three weeks to make any canvass for the nomination. Mr. Gray, his strongest opponent, and his friends, were quite confident that Gray would be easily nominated. Combs made as thorough a canvass as he could in the short time, and when the convention met it was apparent that it would be a close contest. Mr. Gray and his friends were still confident of the result, but were considerably surprised at the strength Combs was developing. When the balloting began it became a neck and neck race, Combs having a slight lead in the first few ballots. On the fourth ballot Grays friends rallied and had a slight lead, and at the end of the fifth ballot Gray had a big lead and was getting close to the nomination. Then Combs friends made a heroic rally, and the sixth ballot closed with the following result, Gray 133, Combs 136. This settled the contest, and on the next ballot Combs received the number necessary to nominate.
Then Mr. Combs discovered that he was in the fiercest political struggle of his life. He was the youngest man that had ever made the race for judge of the court. His opponent on the Republican ticket was Judge Claybaugh, who had been a life-long attorney and one of the leading members of the bar, and had the prestige of six years on the bench to his credit, and many politicians believed that Combs stood no show of being elected. But general conditions were favorable to the Democrats, and unfavorable to the success of the Republican party, and Combs went quietly to work and assisted his party. In addition to organization he made an extensive personal canvass in all parts of the county, and so was well prepared for the battle when election day came. When the balloting was over and the returns all in, it showed that Combs had won the election by a plurality of 103.
He took the bench on November 12, 1908, a few days before he was forty-eight years old. From the first he has been a diligent worker and close student of the law and of the cases that come before him, always making it the rule to carefully study every case he is called upon to try. He has been impartial and fair in his rulings, always trying to give every one a square deal, regardless of who he is or what his station or position in life may be. He has given quite general satisfaction and fully met the expectations of his friends who placed their confidence in him and gave him their support. He has a strong leaning to the equity side of every case, and to do equity and justice to every one before him is his desire, so far as the rules and principles of the law will permit. He is a strong believer in law enforcement, and yet will deal leniently with prisoners if he believes the good of society does not demand harsh punishment, and has granted many suspended sentences in cases he thought the circumstances would justify him in so doing, and where it would help to reform the prisoner. He takes much interest in the Juvenile Court and in looking after the betterment of the condition of neglected, mistreated or delinquent children.
In politics he is a life-long Democrat. He has long been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a member of the Woodmen of the World, and a Royal Arch Mason. He is a member of the First Presbyterian church of Frankfort and one of the elders in that organization, and an active worker in the Sunday school. His family consists of his wife and one daughter, Eleanor COMBS, sixteen years old, now in the third year of the Frankfort high school. Mr. Combs takes much interest in all affairs pertaining to the public schools and the cause of education in general, and in the betterment of the people of the city and county. He is a diligent student of history and general literature, and has a large library.
Nathan B. Combs, veterinary surgeon, and representative in the last session of the Indiana Legislature from Clinton county, at Mulberry, Ind., is a brother; also John COMBS, retired farmer, at Mulberry, Ind., and Martin V. COMBS, farmer, in North Dakota. Mrs. Jennie SWADENER, Mulberry, Ind., Mrs. J. H. GROVER, Frankfort, Ind., and Mrs. A. W. BLACK, Los Angeles, Cal., are sisters.
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COMBS, William B.
William B. Combs was born in Butler county, Ohio, September 22, 1822. His father, John Combs, was a native of new Jersey, who in 1811, moved west with his family and settled on a farm in Butler county. Ohio, near the city of Hamilton, where the subject of this sketch was born. William began working on the farm at a very early age and was engaged in the occupation of farming during his whole life. In the winter seasons he attended the district school and acquired a common school education, but the farm work often interfered with regular attendance, even in that season.
He remained on the farm helping his father until 1832, when he married Susan P. RICHARDSON, of Hamilton, Ohio. Soon afterward he and his young wife moved to Clinton county, Indiana, arriving on November 8, 1852, where he purchased a farm about two miles southeast of Mulberry, on which he located and remained to occupy till his death, which occurred in October, 1878.
He cleared his land without assistance, erecting first a log cabin, which was subsequently replaced by a large new residence. His support was always given to the Democratic party. He was always an active friend of education and benevolent enterprises, and was a member of the Odd Fellows, Masons and Good Templars Lodges.
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COMBS, William B.
He to whom this sketch is dedicated is a member of one of the oldest and most honored pioneer families of Clinton county and he has personally lived up to the full tension of the primitive days when was here initiated the march of civilization so that there is a particular interest attached to his career, while he stands today as one of the representative citizens of Madison township, for his life has been one of hard work which has resulted in the development of a good farm which he owns and which yields him a comfortable living.
William B. Combs was born on the old Combs homestead, a mile west of where he now lives in Madison township, Clinton county. November 3, 1858. He is a son of William B. COMBS, Sr.,, who was a native of Butler county, Ohio, and a son of John COMBS, a native of Ireland. William B. Combs, Sr., married Susan B. RICHARDSON, who was a native of Butler county, Ohio, and a daughter of an old Buckeye family. The parents of our subject grew to maturity in their native state and there were married, coming from there to Clinton county in an early day and settled in the woods, where they built a log cabin, and by hard work developed a good farm of two hundred and forty acres. The death of the father occurred at the age of fifty-five years, his widow surviving to the advanced age of eighty years, seven months and three days. To them five children were born, namely: John E., president of the Citizens Bank, of Mulberry; Mrs. Sadie F. ELLIOTT, of Elwood, Ind.; William B., Jr., of this sketch; Malaciah, is a prominent physician of Terre Haute, Ind., and Charles, a successful physician of Terre Haute.
William B. Combs was reared on the home farm and educated in the public schools. On December 30, 1880, he married Emma RODOCKER, who was born, reared and educated in this county. She was born on Mary (sic) 20, 1863, the daughter of D. W. RODOCKER, who died in August, 1912, at the age of seventy-five years. He was a native of Ashland county, Ohio. His wife was Elizabeth SHANABERRY, a native of Richland, O., and a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth SHANABERGER. The death of Mrs. Combss mother occurred in 1909 at the age of seventy-one years. Mrs. Combs is one of a family of the following children: Mrs. Jennie SEYFRIED Emma C., Mrs. Anna C. CLAPPER, Joseph C., Mrs. Laura GERMAN, Mrs. Amanda FLESHHAUER, Minnie, wife of William MILLER.
William B. Combs, of this sketch, has devoted his life to general farming and stock raising and has met with large success. He is now owner of one hundred and seventy-six acres, which is well improved in every way, including a large and well furnished residence, large barn and a one hundred-ton silo, his place being known as the Pleasant Ridge Farm. He pays considerable attention to stock raising.
To William B. Combs and wife four children have been born, namely: Clark, he being engaged on the Clover Leaf Railroad, and is the father of two children, Earl William and Frona Caroline; our subjects second child is Lawrence Glen, a successful physician, V. S., who was graduated from the Indiana Veterinary College at Indianapolis in 1898; William Boom is farming in Madison township, Sadie Florence, who was graduated from the Mulberry high school is now a student at Oberlin College, Oberlin, O.
Politically, Mr. Combs is a Democrat, but has never been an office seeker. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are both active in church and Sunday school work.
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Born: 1795 Armagh, County Armagh, Ireland ;
Married: Susannah STUART; 1819; VA. (She d. 30 May 1859 IN) ;
Died: 6 Oct 1864, IN; Buried Greetingsville Cemetery ;
Parents: ______ Compton and mother, _____ KINNEAR
Siblings: Elizabeth Compton (and others not known).
Children: Hannah J. Compton (1822-1918) m. Archibald CHITTICK; William Kinnear Compton (1825-1873) m. Jane SLOAN; James A. Compton (1827-1875) m. Nancy SANDERSON; Mary Ann Compton (1829-1835); Susannah Compton (1832-1905) m. Dr. Robert O. YOUNG; Sarah E. Compton (1834-1835); Pauline Nancy Compton (1840-1870) m. Adam SANDERSON.
Other information: In 1829 he located on Section 27 of Union Township; In 1833 he was appointed school commissioner and received $7 for his first 4 days' work.
Source: , pg "History of Chitticks" written by Emily Jane Compton for 1928 Chittick Reunion (found in vertical files of genealogy department of Frankfort Public Library); "History of Clinton Co., Indiana" published 1886 by Inter-state Publishing of Chicago, pps 114, 278, 468, 599 & 899.
Submitter: Shirley D. Webb, email@example.com;
COOK, John D.
The firm of Cook Brothers, blacksmiths and wagon makers, of Mulberry, Clinton county, is one of the most popular and best known of its kind in this section of the state. It would be a credit to towns much larger than this. The firm has met with exceptional success, partly because these gentlemen have developed into experts in their line, and partly because they turn out honest work and never fail to deal with their fellow men as they would have them deal in return. The Cook brothers are also men of persistency and indomitable industry, and never let the grass grow under their feet. They are good citizens in every respect as all will gladly attest who know them well.
The firm is composed of Jacob Cook , the senior member of the firm, and John D. Cook our subject. They have two large shops, one for horseshoeing and general blacksmithing, and one for wagon making. A number of skilled artisans are employed in each. John D. is in charge of the blacksmith shop and Jacob superintends the wagon works. They both understand well all the ins and outs of the work that is constantly going on in both shops and each shop is under a superb system, and equipped in an up-to-date manner for prompt and high-grade work. They are kept busy, work coming to them from all parts of the county and there is a good demand for their wagons owing to their superior qualities of workmanship and material.
John D. Cook was born near Mulberry, Clinton county, March 11, 1864. He is a son of Philip Cook or KOCH, as it is spelt in German, this being a German family. The father was born at Hesse-Darmstadt, and there he grew to manhood, was educated and learned the shoemaker's trade. He married Clara HEDDRICH, also a native of Germany. They remained in their native land until two daughters were born -- Elizabeth, who lives in Mulberry, and Christina, who married Dr. KOONS, who died, leaving two children, Mrs. P. V. RUCH and a son. After emigrating to America three sons were born to Philip Cook and wife: Jacob, member of the firm mentioned above; Henry, who is a successful druggist, who married and has one child; and John D., of this review. The death of Phillip Cook occurred at the age of sixty-one years, his widow surviving until she was eighty-one years old.
John D. Cook was reared on the farm and he received a common school education, besides attended the State Normal at Terre Haute. He began life for himself by teaching school two years, then entered the shop with his brother Jacob and learned the blacksmith's trade and wagon making and he has continued in this line of endeavor to the present time with much success. He was married in 1894 to Margaret Peters, who was born, reared and educated in Clinton county. She is a daughter of R. H. PETERS. To this union one child was born, Lena M. His first wife died in March 1895. Mr. Cook was married again on August 13, 1896, to Amanda JACOBY, daughter of Moses and Christina (KAUFFMAN) JACOBY, there were two children by the second wife: Lee, born May 20, 1898, and accidentally killed December 28, 1911, and Emma, born February 17, 1900, now attending high school.
John D. Cook was elected township trustee in 1895 and served five years, during which time he did much to encourage education in his vicinity; also in securing good gravel roads and in making other lasting improvements. In fact, it may be said that he made Madison township famous for its roads. Politically, he is a Democrat. He belongs to the Masonic order, and is a member of the Lutheran church, to which his family also belong.
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COOPER, Arthur L.
ARTHUR L. COOPER, a representative business man and manufacturer of Frankfort, Ind., of which city he has been a resident since the spring of 1883, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 4, 1861. His parents were Jacob and Rebecca (SHURTZ) COOPER, both natives of the Keystone state and of German lineage. The father was born in the town of Coopersburg, where the Cooper family have lived for generations. He was a son of Daniel Cooper, whose father, David Cooper, a son of a Hessian soldier in the war of the Revolution, was born in Virginia. Jacob Cooper was a soldier in the Civil war and died while in the service, the subject of this sketch being hardly two years old at the time. Mrs. Cooper afterwards married Alonzo KOONS, of Allentown, Pa,, and died when Arthur had reached the age of six years. Arthur L. Cooper was brought up in Allentown, in the schools of which he obtained a good English education, which was afterward supplemented by a business course in what was known as Blackman's business college. At the age of fifteen he went to Philadelphia, where he remained until attaining his majority, in the meantime learning the cigar-makers trade. In 1881 Mr. Cooper was united marriage to Miss Eleanora ANEWALT, immediately thereafter located in Allentown, and thence, in 1883, moved to Frankfort, Ind. On coming to the latter place Mr. Cooper embarked in the machine business, and later he became associated with F. A. COLVER, under the firm name of F. A. Colver & Co., which the Excelsior machine works have since been known. Both Mr. Cooper and his partner are practical machinists, and their establishment is well equipped for all kinds of foundry and machine work in their line. They manufacture steam engines, boilers, do all kinds of heavy work and make a specialty of wrought iron and steel fencing, malleable iron cresting and rail work, turning out over seventy different styles of fences, which have a large sale throughout the United States. They also do a great deal of jail work, and all in all their establishment is one of the most important manufacturing institutions of Frankfort. Politically Mr. Cooper is a republican and as such was elected, in the spring of 1894, a member of the common council of Frankfort. He is a prominent member of the knights templar Masons, also the Pythian order and captain of the uniform rank, and with his wife is identified with the Presbyterian church. Socially Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are very popular in Frankfort, and during their residence in the city have gained a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Their home is blessed with the presence of four interesting children, namely: Warren, Grace, June and Aurora.
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COOPER, John Nelson
JOHN NELSON COOPER, who is numbered among the prominent farmers of Sugar Creek township, Clinton county, Ind., deserves representation in this volume, for he is both widely and favorably known. He came from Irish and English ancestry. His grandfather, Malachi Cooper, was a native of Kentucky, and an old Hard-shell Baptist preacher. He voted with the Whig party, and removed to Rush county, Ind., where he died at the age of seventy-four. His children were James, John, Asa, Levi, Delilah and Jane. John Cooper was born in Kentucky in 1800, and on the fifth of March, 1820, married Jane King, who was born in Kentucky, March 9, 1801, and was a daughter of William KING. They became the parents of nine children: William E., Malachi, James, Polly A., John N., Lucinda, Stanley, Angeline and Jane. In February, 1838, John Cooper came with his family to Clinton county, and entered 160 acres of wild land, covered with heavy timber. He was an expert marksman and was known to kill eight deer in two days He served as justice of the peace both in Rush and Clinton counties, and was a man of good judgment, who had the confidence and respect of the entire community. In politics he was an old-line whig. He died November 30, 1851, at the age of fifty-one, and his wife in 1841, aged forty years. John Nelson COOPER was born in Rush county, Ind., January 15, 1832, was reared on a farm, and acquired his education in the old log school-house, with its puncheon floors, slab seats and mud and stick chimney, where for some years he spent about three months each season. When in his twentieth year he was married, March 2, 1851, to Elizabeth Ward, also a native of Rush county, born January 18, 1832, and a daughter of Newton and Sarah (PARKINS) WARD of Indiana. They began life in true pioneer style in a log house, the furniture of which was made by Mr. Cooper, but those were happy days, nevertheless. In 1857, he went to California, by way of New Orleans and Cuba, and after sixteen months returned home, for the trip was not very successful. He then resumed farming and became owner of forty acres of land. In August, 1862, Mr. Cooper responded to the call for troops and joined company B, Seventy-fifth Indiana
infantry, which went from Indian-apolis to Lebanon, Ky., thence to Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge, participating in the entire Sherman campaign. His brother who stood at his side was killed at Chickamauga, and his brother-in-law was wounded. Mr. Cooper escaped uninjured throughout the struggle, and at it close returned home in June, 1865. He was with Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea and participated in the grand review in Washington. To Mr. Mrs. Cooper were born three children: James M., who married Siotha AMOS; William E., who wedded Anna B. NELSON, and Charles M., who died at the age of six months. The mother died January 4, 1886, and on the twenty-seventh of August, 1887, Mr. Cooper wedded Mrs. Priscilla PURDY, nee AMOS, who was born February 24, 1841, in Indiana. Their home is upon a good farm of 120 acres, which is well drained and cultivated, and therefore yields to the owner a golden tribute in return for his care and labor. Mr. Cooper is a republican, but has never aspired to office. His wife belongs to the Methodist church, and both are prominent and highly respected people, who well deserve representation in this volume.
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COOPER, Wilson T. M.D.
The man of medicine occupies a place in the world alone; no other profession or trade or business holds the sacred trust and the emotional beauty of his; his work is hard, but it is inspired, and filled to the brim with the Saviours loving kindness. The Latin phrase, amicus humani gencris, friend of the human race, stands as a motto to his life, and should be engraved upon the monuments of time as symbolical of the medical profession. Dr. Cooper, of our sketch, is one of the oldest practitioners in the state, having about reached the Psalmists allotment of three score and ten, but he still continues active practice, and is regarded as a necessity by numerous families of Clinton county.
Dr. Cooper was born on April 20, 1844, in Rush county, Indiana, and did not come to Clinton county until 1871. He was the son of Stanley and Lucinda (WARD) COOPER, natives of Kentucky, and both now being deceased. The father moved to Rush county, this state, when he was eighteen years of age. Like his son, the father was a physician of the old-time variety. He practiced in connection with farming and often underwent many hardships to attend to his patients. The mother was born in Boone county, Kentucky. Thirteen children were born to them, the five now living being John W., Amanda, Morgan, Helen, Wilson and Annie.
Dr. Coopers common school education was received in the schools of Rush county, and he later attended the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, and graduated from that institution in 1871. He came to this county, to Scircleville, in that year and began his general practice, which has continued with ever increasing success until the present time. He owns a pleasant office and home in the town above mentioned.
On November 30, 1876, Dr. Cooper was married to Alice GUFFIN, who was born in Rush county, Indiana, on February 12, 1853, and was the daughter of Andrew and Clara (BROOKS) GUFFIN. Her father was a native of Rush county and her mother came from the state of Ohio. Nine children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Cooper: Clyde (deceased), Pearl, Stanley, Lucy, Andrew (deceased), Wilson (deceased), Clara, Charles and Horace.
Dr. Cooper has always remained loyal to the Republican party, and was the first Republican ever to be elected to the office of auditor of Clinton county, which position he obtained in 1886.
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COSNER, Nelson W.
NELSON W. COSNER is a well known and highly respected citizen of Frankfort, where for a number of years he has acceptably held the office of justice of the peace. His ancestors in the United States were North Carolina people, in which state his grandfather, John Cosner, was born and reared. John Cosner and Margaret PIKE were married in North Carolina, and lived there until 1831, when they emigrated to Indiana and settled in the county of Hendricks, where their deaths occurred in the year 1851 and 1856 respectively. They were the parents of eight children, whose names are as follows: Anthony, William, Mary, Elizabeth, Sally, Lovy, Hannah, Peggy, all living but four, Mary, Anthony, Elizabeth and Sally. Both parents were devoted members of the Society of Friends, in which Mr. Cosner was an able minister for many years, and they both are remembered as most exemplary and pious people. They were among the pioneers of Hendricks county, and did much in a quiet way for the moral improvement of the community which they assisted in founding. William Cosner, second son of the above, and father fo the immediate subject of this sketch, was born January 14, 1806, in Forsythe county, N. C., and there grew to manhood on a farm, acquiring in the mean time a common school education. He accompanied his parents to Indiana in 1831, and assisted in clearing the home farm in Hendricks county, which is still in possession of members of the family. In 1832 was solemnized his marriage with Epervia Orrell, daughter of Daniel and Mary (BLACK) ORRELL, natives of North Carolina, in which state Mrs. Cosner first saw the light of day of the 7th of March, 1816. Daniel and Mary Orrell both lived to be very old people, the former dying at the remarkable age of 102 years. He was a saddler in earlier life, later became a physician, and by marriage had seventeen children. After his marriage, William Cosner purchased a tract of government land in Hendricks county, consisting of 160 acres, to which he subsequently added a similar area, and became the possessor of ample means. Mr. and Mrs. Cosner lived where they originally settled the remainder of their days, the former dying December 23, 1852, and the latter in August, 1890. The following are the names of their seven children: Emily, wife of J. H. RUDD; Malinda, wife of S. S. SHIELDS; Daniel, deceased; Peggy, wife of J. M. CHAMPION; Nelson W., Mary A., wife of T. VAUGHAN, and an infant that died unnamed.
Nelson W. Cosner was born October 11, 1844, in Hendricks county, Ind., and, like the majority of county lads, passed his youthful years amid the active but uneventful scenes of the farm, and early learned to appreciate the true dignity of earnest labor. Deprived of a fathers care and advise when but eight years old, he remained with his widowed mother until his twenty-first year, looking after her interests, and when twenty-two he married and settled on the old farm, which he had previously purchased, and began the contented life of a tiller of the soil. He remained in Hendricks county until 1874, when he removed to the county of Marion and engaged in the milling business, continuing the same about one year, and then accepted a position as railroad bridge carpenter, which he followed for about the same length of time. During the succeeding thirteen years Mr. Cosner followed carpentering and building, after which he engaged in the manufacture of lumber of Frankfort, where he operated a mill very successfully until meeting with a very severe accident, which resulted in the loss of his good right arm, since which time he has not been able to perform and kind of manual labor. In 1890, Mr. Cosner was elected justice of the peace in Frankfort, the functions of which office he has since performed in an able and satisfactory manner. He votes the republican ticket, and with his wife belongs to the Methodist church, in which both are valuable workers. Mr. Cosner has a military record of six months duration, having served from April, 1864, till September of the same year, in the army of the Cumberland as a private in company C, One Hundred and Seventeenth Indiana infantry. He was discharged at Knoxville, Tenn., on account of expiration of period of enlistment, then became a member of company B, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Indiana volunteer infantry, from January, 1864, to October, 1864, and is now the recipient of a pension of four dollars a month. Mrs. Cosner owns a pleasant home in Frankfort, which is presided over by his wife, whom he married on the 1st day of September, 1866, in Hendricks county. Mrs. Cosners maiden name was Sally Phillips, daughter of Levi and Elizabeth PHILLIPS, and she has borne her husband the following children: Edgar O., book-keeper in Chicago stock yards; Orra, a railroad employe (sic); Anna (deceased); Mark, connected with the Times office, Frankfort; Verne, deceased, and Harry, who lives at home with his parents. Mr. Cosner is a member of the G. A. R. of Frankfort; was a charter member of the Reuben Masten post, No. 431, and was transferred to this place.
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COULTER, David Alexander
It is a pleasing task to write the biography of a gentleman who has been so long identified with the material activities of his own and other communities, as David Alexander Coulter, and who, in addition to his individual interests has not unfrequently been called to positions of honor and trust in the public service. He stands conspicuously forward as one of the leading men of his day and generation in Clinton county, and wherever known, his name passes current as a synonym for all that is upright and honorable in citizenship. Paternally, Mr. Coulter is descended from Irish ancestry, his grandfather John COULTER having been a native of the Emerald Isle and a Presbyterian minister of unusual scholarship and eloquence. He ended a useful and exceedingly brilliant career in Juniata county, Pa., where he located when a young man and where he married and reared a family. Among his children being a son, John COULTER, Jr., who was born in the county indicated, in the year 1813.
John Coulter, Jr., a farmer by occupation, remained in his native state of Pennsylvania until 1854, at which time he came to Clinton county and purchased a farm in Ross township, where he resided until within a short period of his death, when he moved to Rossville, dying there, September 24, 1864. In the year 1836 he married Margaret GIVEN, of Juniata county, Pa., a daughter of James and Nancy (ENSLOW) GIVEN, of the same state; the father, a farmer and a representative citizen, who moved to Clinton county, in 1856, and a number of years later, changed his residence to Frankfort, where he and his wife lived retired lives to the end of their days.
David Alexander Coulter, son of John and Mary Coulter, is likewise a native of Juniata county, Pa., where his birth occurred on the 21st day of December 1846. He was reared to agriculture pursuits, received a common school education and devoted himself to farming in the county of Juniata, until 1863, when he came to Frankfort, and entered the business house of his uncles, A. B. and B. GIVEN, for whom he clerked until the spring of the following year. He then resigned his position and enlisted in Company H. One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Indiana Volunteers, with which he served until discharged September 29th of the same year, doing garrison duty the meanwhile with an occasional brush with the Confederate cavalry force under General Forrest. Upon his retirement from the army, Mr. Coulter accepted a clerkship with John Brown, a prominent merchant of Logansport, Ind., but in 1867, left that city and returned to Frankfort, where he formed a partnership in the clothing business with J. W. Coulter, which under the firms name of J. W. Coulter & Brother, lasted until 1871, when he disposed of his interest in the establishment to his brother and engaged in the coal and mining business at Rockville, this state. Before moving to the latter place, however, he took an active part in organizing The First National Bank of Frankfort, of which he was elected a member of the first board of directors. He also assisted in establishing The Park Banking Co., of Rockville, but in the above year, sold his coal interests in that town and returning to Frankfort again became associated with his brother, with whom he continued until 1878, under the same name as before. While thus engaged, the firm erected the imposing business block in Frankfort, now occupied by J. W. Coulters Sons & Company, one of the leading commercial establishments of the city besides contributing in various other ways to the material advancement of the place.
Mr. Coulter, in 1878, bought his brothers interest in the clothing business and conducted same with marked success and profit until 1881, when he disposed of his stock to Coulter and Hockman, to become cashier of the Farmers Bank of Frankfort, which responsible position he filled with credit and satisfaction until elected president of the institution in 1904. He has also been president of the water works system, of Frankfort, ever since its organization, besides holding various other posts of honor and trust including that of auditor of the American Central Life Insurance Company, of Indianapolis; Commissary General of the Indiana State militia, with the rank of colonel on the staffs of Ex-Governors Mount and Durbin, in which capacity he served with years; trustee of the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City; president for nine years of the School Board of Frankfort, during which time he was instrumental in erecting the present high school building of that city, one of the largest and most convenient edifices of the kind in northern Indiana, besides serving two terms in the common council and representing his Congressional district as a delegate in the Republican National Convention, at St. Louis, in 1896, where he took an active and influential part in bringing about the nomination of William McKinley, for President of the Untied States.
Mr. Coulter, as indicated above, is a Republican in politics and for many years has been active in the affairs of his party in Clinton county. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and in religion is a consistent and influential member of the Presbyterian church. He was married January, 1874, to Miss Mary DEPEW, of Park county, Indiana, who has borne him three children, only one of whom, Maude, wife of George C. CULLOM, of Frankfort, is living. Mr. Coulters career has been one of great activity and usefulness and in the main, attended by remarkable business advancement and financial prosperity. He filled with credit and honor the various public positions to which called, and his official as well as his business and personal record, has ever been above reproach. He is essentially progressive in all he undertakes and endowed with the power to mould circumstances to suit his purposes. His success in overcoming adverse conditions and mounting to his present high and honorable station in the world of affairs, is such as few attain. Of strong convictions, positive character, insuppressible integrity, he is classed with the most intelligent and influential of Frankforts representative men, and he holds a warm and abiding place in the hearts of his fellow citizens.
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COULTER, James W.
To offer in a work of this province an adequate resume of the strenuous, useful and honorable career of the late James W. Coulter would be impossible, but, with others of those who have conserved the industrial and civic progress of Frankfort and Clinton county, he may well find consideration in the noting of the more salient points that have marked his life and labors. He has long been a dominating power in connection with the retail business interests of the county-seat, later was a leading banker and financier here for many years, achieving a position as one of the substantial capitalists of this section of Indiana, gaining his success through normal and worthy means, and he stood for more than half a century as a singularly admirable type of the progressive, honorable and broad-minded man of affairs. He was a man of public spirit and patriotic impulses, was always ready to do his full share in promoting readers of this work to require any fulsome encomium here, his life speaking for itself in stronger terms than the biographer could employ. It left its imprint upon those who came in contact with him ; and the youth, hesitating at the parting of the ways, could do no better than to follow the example he set. He reached thee advanced age of seventy-five years. Heaven having lengthened out his life beyond the Psalmists allotted three score and ten until he was permitted to witness the vicissitudes of the most remarkable epoch in the worlds business and inventive history, in all of which he was an interested spectator, playing, indeed, no small part in pushing forward the wheels of civilization in his own locality, having done much in promoting the material and moral welfare of the city of Frankfort, where he took up his residence when it was but a struggling village. Mr. Coulter was a man of sterling character, conservative habits and pure thinking. He was even-tempered, patient, scrupulously honest in all the relations of life, hospitable and charitable, and his many kindly deeds were actuated solely from his largeness of heart, rather than from any desire to gain the plaudits of his fellow men.
James W. Coulter was born April 24, 1838, in Pennsylvania. He was a scion of sterling old stock of the Keystone state, and was a son of John and Margaret (GIVEN) COULTER, noted for their industry and honesty, being typical of the rugged pioneer type. The subject of this memoir remained at home with his parents until he reached young manhood. Early in life he received a meager schooling, but being always of an investigating turn of mind and, remaining a student all his life, he became a well informed man. When young he came to Clinton county, Indiana, and located at Frankfort, and in due course of time he became one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of the county. He had the distinction of handling the first regular mail route into Frankfort, having carried the mail from Delphi on horseback to Frankfort. He also owned and operated a stage line between the two towns, carrying passengers, mail and express.
When Mr. Coulter located in Frankfort it was but a small village of little importance in practically an unimproved locality, sparsely settled, without railroad connections and practically isolated from the outside world. Taking an interest in the growth of the village into a town and then its development into a city, he did much to promote the advancement of Frankfort to its present beautiful and prosperous condition, he having been one of the veteran business men of the city and county.
When the First National Bank was organized Mr. Coulter was among the number of men whose names appeared on the original charter, and when the well-known institution was granted a new charter only a short time before our subjects death, his name was also among those who petitioned for it. He had been the president of the institution for the past thirty years, and under him and officials working under his direction, the bank has become one of the strongest institutions of its kind in the state, and stands as a monument to Mr. Coulters work in the business world. He was a man of broad mind and conservative, his integrity being absolutely beyond cavil, and he therefore enjoyed to the fullest extent the confidence and esteem of the people of this locality. Keeping fully abreast of the times in all phases of the banking business, he was always quick to inaugurate such new methods of banking as were consistent with safe and honorable work in this connection. Besides being president of the bank, he was president of the Frankfort Load and Trust Company, and a member of the board of directors of the bank and trust company.
On October 10, 1866, Mr. Coulter was united in marriage with Eliza A. PERRIN, of Clinton county, who still survives. Mrs. Coulter was born September 23, 1844, near Fincastle, Virginia, daughter of Henry C. and Susan (SECRIST) PERRIN, who came to Ross township, Clinton county, in 1846, and here lived the life of a pioneer farmer. Here she grew to womanhood and received such education as the old-time schools afforded. She is a descendant of one of the worthy and influential pioneer families of this locality. She proved a worthy helpmate to her able husband, and much of his large success in life was due to her sympathy and encouragement. Four children sruvive (sic): Jeannette Coulter, Mrs. William C. ALLEN, of Reno, Nevada; Charles C. and Frank E., all of whom received excellent educational advantages and are well situated in life: all are popular with a wide circle of friends and all reflect in their daily lives the wholesome home training they received. One daughter, Cora, died in young womanhood. A brother of our subject, D. A. COULTER, is living in Frankfort.
On September 10, 1861, James W. Coulter, forsook the pleasures of home and business opportunities to do what he could toward suppressing the fierce rebellion in the Southland, enlisting on that date for three years service in Company H, Third Indiana Cavalry. He proved to be a most faithful and gallant soldier and his rise from the ranks was rapid, being due to meritorious conduct on the field of battle and to his natural ability. He saw much hard service, risking fearlessly life and limb on many of the sanguinary fields of the South, and, with other members of the company who survived the awful carnage of that greatest civil conflict of which history treats, was mustered out at Indianapolis, September 10, 1864, with the rank of colonel.
In 1866, in partnership with his brother, D. A. Coulter, he embarked in the clothing business in a room now occupied by the First National Bank in Frankfort. After being in the business for a short time he bought the interest of his brother, and soon after the completion of the building now occupied by the J. W. Coulter Sons Clothing Store, he moved into that location. Through his honest dealings, his keen foresight and pleasant manners, he built up a large business, which continued to grow with advancing years, his hundreds of regular customers coming from all parts of Clinton county. He retired from the mercantile business in 1904, selling his interests to his sons, who have since conducted with much success the business established by their father, being, in fact, regarded as worthy sons of a worthy sire and ranking among Clinton countys leading business men of a younger generation.
As a business man the elder Coulter was acknowledged one of the best clothing men in the state he manufacturers of the lines he handled. As a citizens (sic) he was one of the foremost in assisting to develop the town into a beautiful and prosperous city, as before indicated in this review.
Mr. Coulter was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church and had always taken an active part in the work of the same, having served as an officer in the church at different times and always gave his best time to its upbuilding. He was a member of Franklin Lodge, No. 560, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and he lived up to the teachings of the order. He was truly a fine example of a man, being unpretentious, and a man among men, doing much to encourage young men just starting out in life, and through his kindly ways made for himself a wide acquaintance of loyal and admiring friends. Though he did not make known his work among his less fortunate fellow men, he took an active part in the charity work in the city of his residence, cheerfully assisting liberally the needy and unfortunate, and though but few knew of his acts of kindness and charity, hundreds were made happy by his acts.
Mr. Coulter had been in declining health for a period eighteen months, but his condition had not been considered serious. In the autumn of 1912 he planned a trip to California, having intended to spend the winter following in the west, hoping it would be beneficial to his health, but upon the advice of his physicians, abandoned the trip. During the months following he would show signs of improvement, but would suffer relapse, until he was finally summoned to his eternal rest from his beautiful, modern residence at 460 West Clinton street, Frankfort, on Wednesday afternoon, May 21, 1913. The somewhat unexpected news of his death proved to be a great shock to the entire city and county and was the occasion for profound regret and sorrow. Having spent the greater part of his life in this locality, where he rose to success by his own efforts along, Mr. Coulter was one of the best known men in this section of the state, and he enjoyed the admiration and esteem of multitudes of friends. Frankforts leading newspaper had the following to say, editorially, of the passing away of the lamented subject of this memoir:
In the death of James W. Coulter, which occurred yesterday, Frankfort lost one of its splendid citizens. In business and private life Mr. Coulter was noted for his honesty, strict integrity and his high sense of honor in all his dealings with his fellow men. He was a self-made man in every sense of the term, having started from the bottom and worked himself up to an enviable position in the citys commercial life. By his industry, perseverance and sound business judgment he accumulated a fortune, and his example was one that gives hope to every struggling young man and encourages him to strive unceasingly for success. And furthermore, he achieved a success without sacrificing a single principle of Christian conduct and it was frequently said of him that he had not an enemy in the world. He represented the very highest type of citizenship and he was one of Frankforts most useful citizens. One of Mr. Coulters leading characteristics was his kindness to all in misfortune. He practiced charity quietly, but extensively, and every year he gave freely of his money in relieving those in distress and worthy of help. His personality was attractive, his manner genial, and he was noted for his loyalty to friends. No citizen of Frankfort was held in higher esteem, and his never-ceasing efforts for the uplift of the city have left their impress upon the community.
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COVELY, Francis G.
That the career of such a man as Francis G. Covely, well known retired farmer, of Mulberry, Clinton county, besides being treasured in the hearts of relatives and friends, should have its public record also, is peculiarly proper because a knowledge of men, whose substantial reputation rests upon their attainments and character, must exert a wholesome influence upon the rising generation. We transmit the chronicle of such a life with the hope of instilling into the minds of the rising generation the important lesson that honor and industry will have their reward in due course of time.
Mr. Covely was born August 31, 1847 in Berks county, Pennsylvania. He is the son of David and Mary (GERY) COVELY, both parents natives of the Keystone state and of German descent. David Covely was a son of William Covely, who was a native of Pennsylvania, where his ancestors settled in very early days, emigrating from Germany. David Covely was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, where all his life was passed and where his death occurred in 1892. His widow is also deceased. To David and Mary Covely sixteen children were born, the subject of this sketch being the first in order of birth. The names of the others are as follows: David, Sarah, the wife of Edwin BOWER, William (deceased), Mary, the wife of James SALLADA ; John, Michael, Joseph, Matilda, the wife of James GRICE; Henry, Caroline (deceased), Jerry, and four that died in infancy.
At the early age of fifteen years Francis G. Covely began life for himself, working at any honest labor his hands found to do. After his twenty-first years he turned his attention to the carpenters trade, at which he became a skilled workman. In 1870 he became a resident of Clinton county, locating at the village of Mulberry, where he carried on his trade for eight years, after which he engaged in farming on rented land until 1880. In that year he purchased his present farm of eighty acres in Washington township, upon which he has made many substantial improvements, including a fine house and barn. His place is under a very successful state of cultivation.
Mr. Covely was married November 17, 1872, to Mary FREAS, daughter of John and Rachael (BROWN) FREAS. The father was a native of France and the mother was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. John Freas came to America when eighteen years old in company with a brother, who died in Clinton county in 1888. His widow is also deceased. The following are the names of the nine children born to John and Rachael FREAS: Samuel, Thomas, William, John, Mary, Lena, married to Henry GREEN; Susan, wife of Henry GARY; Emma, wife of Edward LIPP, and Ella, wife of Walter SUIT.
To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Covely have been born the following children: William (deceased), Gertrude, Rachael and John. His grandchildren are Francis, Ralph and Frederick Covely: Marvin MOHLER and Florence Covely.
Mr. Covely affiliates with the Democrat party, and he belongs to the Improved Order of Red Men, holding membership with Dakota Tribe, No. 42, of Frankfort.
Mr. Covely is a man of fine character and high social standing in the community, popular among his neighbors and fellow citizens. For a number of years he has been an active member of the German Reformed church, of which his wife is also a member, and she is esteemed by her many friends as a lady of intelligence and piety. The family left the farm in 1912 and moved to a pleasant and modernly appointed residence in Mulberry, and our subject and wife are here pending their declining years in quiet and comfort, surrounded by every convenience, and their pleasant home is known to the many friends of the family as a place of hospitality and good cheer. Pages 794 795 Source II
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Among the representative agriculturists and public-spirited men of Clinton county, who, while advancing their only interests, have not neglected their duty to the community at large, is Lincoln Cox, the honored subject of this sketch. He possesses many fine traits of character which are inherited from his father, who was one of the hardy pioneers of this county and a veteran of the Civil war. Mr. Cox is one of the best known farmers and business men of this community, and together with his large material reward, makes it appropriate that we should give the details of his worthy life in these few pages. It is regrettable that more scope is not afforded for a treatment of this man.
Lincoln Cox was born February 7, 1858, in Sugar Creek township, Clinton county, and was the son of Walter E. and Milly (ALEXANDER) COX. The father was a native of Kentucky, and moved to Clinton county in 1846 when a boy, and here he has followed farming all of his life. He was Republican. He died in January, 1879. The mother was also born in the "dark and bloody ground" country, and she still resides in Kempton, Ind. Ten children were born to the union, the eight living ones being: John P., Lincoln, Mary E., Storms, Elias, Laura J., Carter, Almira, Flora, and Noah.
Our subject received a common school education in the schools of Sugar Creek township, and then took up farming, which was destined to be his life work. He has also paid much attention to the breeding of fine animals. He possesses two hundred and sixty acres of excellent soil, very tillable and well tiled, with the exception of fourteen acres which is in woods and pasture. The late improvements which dot the estate are all by the hand of Mr. Cox himself.
Mr. COX was married to Louie LONGFELLOW on October 22, 1888. She was born in Tipton county, Ind., July 11, 1863, the daughter of William and Lucinda (ELIASON) LONGFELLOW. She received a common school education in her youth. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Cox there have been born four children: Ravmond, Walter, Cleo, and Inez (dec.).
Politically, Mr. Cox is a Progressive. For a term beginning in 1900, he served as county commissioner, the period of his activities in this capacity extending over three years.
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COX, Timothy B. , M.
TIMOTHY B. COX M. D., one of the oldest and most experienced physicians of Frankfort, Clinton county, Ind., was born in Tompkins county, N. Y., January 9, 1817, and is a son of David J. and Rosanna (BAKE) COX. David J. Cox was born in Monmouth county, N. J., and was a son of James Cox, also a native of New Jersey, and a tanner by trade. James Cox was a hero of the Revolutionary war, and a very prominent man. He married Miss Deborah POTTS, to which union were born thirteen children. Mr. and Mrs. Cox were old-fashioned Baptists. James Cox was a brave man, endowed with more than ordinary intelligence, and his political career was a most brilliant one. . His son, David J., was reared in New York, served seven years as an apprentice at cabinet -making, then, at the age of twenty-eight, came west and followed his vocation in Preble and Butler counties, Ohio, and elsewhere, until he reached middle age, when he entered the ministry of the Methodist church, and had charge of the Shelbyville circuit at the time of his death, August 20. 1837. The marriage of David J. Cox took place in New York, in 1814, to Miss Rosanna Bake, daughter of Peter and Phoebe (TITUS) BAKE, of New Jersey, and to this union were born the following children: William, Timothy B., M. D., Jonathan, Henry, M. D., Samuel, James, Phoebe Ann,,and Rosina. The mother of this family died May I7, 1858. Timothy B. COX was reared in Decatur county, Ind., and remained on the home farm until twenty-five years of age, receiving, in the meanwhile, his preliminary education. In 1842 he came to Clinton county, Ind., located in Kirklin, and, having graduated from the Medical college of Ohio in 1853, began practice, which he followed with much success until 1864, when he moved to Frankfort. Here his medical career was an uninterrupted series of successes and triumphs until 1890, when he practically retired from the active duties of the profession, although he feels the binding power of the Esculapian pledge, and generously aids the lowly when called upon. The allopathic school of medicine has been with him a life-long study, and his library is complete and invaluable. His abilities as a physician have been recognized by an appreciative public, and his great services have been remunerative.
The marriage of Dr. Cox took place in Decatur county, Ind., September 6, 1836, to Miss Mary Ann SHEPHERD, a native of Fayette county, Ky., and daughter of Dickey SHEPHERD, of the same state. To this felicitous union seven children were born, one of whom yet survives -- Elizabeth, who resides in Kirklin. The mother of this family was called away in 1872, and her mortal remains lie interred at Kirklin. Dr. Cox is the owner of 350 acres of good land, most of which is arable, and also owns considerable real estate in town. As will have been seen, the doctor was in active practice over half a century, and during all that time has maintained a position at the "very head and front" of his profession, and many articles from his pen have added to the fund of medical knowlege.
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JACOB COYNER, the subject of this sketch, one of the leading farmers and a well-known old settler of Perry township, Clinton county, Ind., traces hisancestry back through several generations to Germany. His father, Michael Coyner, was the son of Jacob Coyner, whose father, also named Jacob, was born January 29, 1720, in Germany, where the family name was known as Kainath, and he became the progenitor of the family in America. In the records, which the pastor of the state church at Wurtemburg, Germany, showed to Dr. A. J. Coyner in 1877, the family name was traced back to the reformation, a Jacob KAINATH being discovered in the fifteenth century. A Michael Kainath was born in 1650, and Jacob KAINATH, supposed to be his son, was married to Anna M_______, November 7,1708, Michael Kainath alluded to at the beginning of this sketch being their youngest son. The family was quite numerous in Europe; and tradition reports a number of them as having served in the thirty years' war as Protestants in the armies of Gustavus Adolphus. On coming to America, the family settled in Virginia, where numerous descendants are still found. Michael Coyner, the subject's father, was born in Augusta county, Va., reared on a farm, and married Phoebe PETERSON. He reared the following children: Jacob, John, David D., Martin, William, Mary, Elizabeth, Susan, Fanny, Jane and Melissa. He emigrated in company with his brother to Greene county, Ohio, where he followed agricultural pursuits until 1831, at which time he moved to Indiana, locating in the county of Clinton, where he purchased a tract of land consisting of 320 acres. He was one of the pioneers of Clinton, and became very successful financially, owning at one time over 400 acres of land, which became quite valuable. He was hardworking and industrious, a Methodist in his religious belief, and died in the year 1851; his wife survived him a number of years, departing this life in September, 1877.
Jacob Coyner, the leading facts of whose life are here set forth, was born in Greene county, Ohio, January 20, 1820, and since his eleventh year has been an honored resident of Clinton county, Ind., of the rapid growth and development of which he has been a living witness. He recalls the journey from the old Ohio home through an almost unbroken wilderness to the new home in the forests of Clinton, and recounts with pleasure many of the stirring scenes and incidents of the early pioneer times. Game of all kinds was quite plentiful at that period, especially deer, bear, wild hogs and turkeys, upon which the family chiefly relied for a large portion of their provision for several years following their first settlement. Like all the pioneer boys, the early life of Mr. Coyner was spent in clearing land, working in the field, hunting and other athletic sports common to that day. In the primitive log schoolhouse, with the puncheon floor, large fireplace, mud and stick chimney, he acquired the rudiments of an education which, supplemented by close observation and business contact with his fellows in after years, has made him an intelligent and well-informed man. Mr. Coyner was married in Montgomery county, Ind., October 18, 1842, to Hannah Little, daughter of Ezra and Elizabeth (MARTIN) LITTLE, early settlers in this county, and began housekeeping on a forty-acre tract of land, which he purchased from the government. This land was wholly unimproved at the time, and he was compelled to work hard for one year in order to obtain sufficient money to pay the entry price of the same. His first residence was a diminutive log cabin, in which some of the happiest days of his life were passed, and with the assistance of his good wife, who was indeed a true helpmate, he soon succeeded in improving his condition and in due season had a good farm in cultivation with an additional number of acres. Mr. Coyner proved a successful manager, and by judicious investments became the possessor of a large amount of land, aggregating 500 acres, the greater part of which he has since generously divided among his children, giving to each of them forty acres. The names of his children are as follows: William, Joseph, Phoebe, Alpheus, John, Etta, Minnie, Orlando, and Morton. Of the above, Alpheus is deceased, dying at the age of twenty-one; he was an exemplary young man and consistent member of the Methodist church.
Mr. Coyner has a beautiful home, his farm being supplied with a fine modern residence and other buildings in keeping, and for years he had been looked upon as one of the successful agriculturists of Perry township. In the growth and development of the county he has been no unimportant factor, and although not a seeker after official honors, he has frequently been solicited by his fellow citizens to accept positions of trust which, with the exception of trustee, he has steadily refused. He is a member of the Methodist church, to which he contributes liberally of his means, and in political matters is an earnest and outspoken supporter of the republican party. Pages 629-630. Source I Transcribed by Chris Brown
CRIPE, Daniel E., M. D.
DANIEL E. CRIPE, M.D., is a native of Indiana, born in the county of Howard on the fifth day of May, 1850. His grandfather, Joseph Cripe, a native of Ohio, was one of the earliest pioneers of Clinton county, Ind., moving here as long ago as 1824, and locating near the present site of Rossville, where he entered a large tract of land and became a farmer of much means. In early life he learned the cooper's trade, and worked at the same in connection with agricultural pursuits after becoming a resident of Clinton. He was a man of character and true worth, and died on the home place a number of years ago. His son, Isaac Cripe, the doctor's father, was born in Darke county, Ohio, January 6, 1815, and at the age of nine years was brought by his parents to Clinton county, Ind., where he grew to manhood on a farm. He was married, in 1839, to Sarah M. DANIELS, after which he moved to Howard county, where, until 1876, he worked at his trade, that of stone-mason. He was a member of the German Baptist church, and from the above year until his death, which occurred April I 7, 1893, was an acceptable minister of the same, making his residence during that period in the county of Carroll. Isaac Cripe was a man of much more than mental endowments, and he was quite successful as a farmer, while his work in the ministry bore good results in the strengthening of his church and in leading many people to the higher and better life. Isaac and Elizabeth Cripe were the parents of the following children:. Jonathan, who was a member of company E, One Hundred and Ninth Indiana volunteer infantry; George B., a resident of Carroll county, Ind.; Lucy E., wife of J. WAGONER, of Carroll county; and Daniel E., whose name introduces this notice. Daniel E. CRIPE remained with his parents until his tenth year, after which he made his home with Dr. CRIDER, of Pyrmont, Ind., until nineteen years of age, and for some time thereafter lived at the same place with Dr. HALL, studying medicine in the meanwhile. He pursued his studies diligently until nearly twenty years of age, when he began the practice at Pyrmont, Carroll county, Ind., where he remained until 1872, moving to the town of Lexington in that year. Subsequently he practiced at Kilmore, same county, until 1877, at which time he located at Hillisburg, Clinton county; thence, in 1884, he moved to Frankfort, in which city he has since resided. The doctor traveled for two years in special work connected with his profession, and his success in the general practice and in surgery has been most gratifying. He was graduated from the Indiana Medical college in 1893, and the same year received his diploma from the Orificial college, Chicago, in both of which institutions he made a creditable record as a student. Since locating in Frankfort, he has built up a large and lucrative practice throughout Clinton county, and his services are frequently sought in obstinate and critical cases at remote distances from where he is located. As a physician, he is careful, conscientious and capable, and he is characterized by integrity of purpose and kindness of heart, which, with his well known ability in his profession, havewon a permanent place in the regard of his fellow-citizens. In August, 1894, he was elected dean of faculty of the American Medical college of Indianapolis, and also has two chairs, viz : professor of general and clinical surgery and professor of orificial surgery. He is also vice-president of the board of trustees. The doctor was married April 7, 1872, to Sarah E. MITCHEL of Tippecanoe county, daughter of Joseph and Melinda MITCHELL. Dr. Cripe is a Mason, a member of the I. 0. R. M., and belongs to the Knights of Maccabees.
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CRULL, William J.
There is a great satisfaction to us, the younger generation, to know that our father, uncles, cousins, or any relation, enlisted in the armies that were formed in 1861 to expunge false aristocracy and slavery from the southern states. Just as the veterans of the Civil war boasted of the deeds their fathers accomplished in the Revolution or the War of 1812, just so will their sons boast of their fathers' services in the Rebellion, in reeking prisons, smoky battlefields, and restless field hospitals. It is a gratification to write of the subject of this biography, for he was one of the rank and file that suffered through the four years in the early sixties.
William J. Crull was born in Scioto county, O., September 16, 1836, the son of John H. and Sally (SQUIRES) CRULL. John Crull was a native of Ohio, and he remained there all of his life. Nine children completed his family, three of whom still survive.
William Crull spent the pleasant days of his youth in the common schools of the county of his birth, and afterward utilized the training in imparting the same knowledge to others as a teacher. He ceased the pedagogic life soon, however, and entered the mercantile business, in which he remained until the southern states seceded.
On May 1, 1861, Mr. Crull enlisted in Company F. One Hundred and Fortieth Ohio National Guard. The regiment was placed in the Army of West Virginia, under the command of General Crooks. Crull made an honorable and notable record while serving for the Federal cause, and in September, 1864, he was mustered out at Galipolis, 0. During the course of the four years' conflict, Mr. Crull made his mark by clever and careful work in guard and scout duty, both probably the most hazardous undertakings in military science.
Mr. Crull came to this county in February, 1880, and took up agriculture work. He continued successfully in this until he decided to retire in 1900. Frankfort was chosen by Mr Crull as a residence, and there he resides happily at this date.
In May, 1878, Mr. Crull married Emma D. ALLEN, early settlers of this county who came from Ohio in 1834to go into the farming and stock raising business. Both of her parents are now dead. Two children have been born to William Crull and wife. Fenton A. and William J.
During his life, Crull has not cared to enter into public life, and so has held no public offices. He is loyal to the Republican party, however, in more ways than one, and always does his share of the work of the Grand Army of the Republic, to which organization he is intensely devoted.
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CRULL, W. J. , Jr.
W. J. CRULL, JR.
This is a time of progress and development. Old methods are being revised and old or previously accepted facts are being examined or questioned as never before. "Every man to his own business" no longer means that the knowledge of others is to be ignored by the successful business man or successful farmer. The successful business man, whether he be agriculturist or merchant knows more of the business in which he is engaged than any outsider can know; but this is no longer interpreted to mean that the successful business man may not learn many useful and profitable facts and principles from the outsider who has made a thorough study of a large number of business establishments and their methods.
One of the successful young farmers and stock men of Washington township, Clinton county, who is quick to adopt a new idea, if it be practicable, no matter where it is obtained, is W. J. Crull, Jr. System seems to be the watchword on his farm, and consequently everything runs smoothly.
Mr. Crull was born in this township and county on November 5, 1886. He is a son of W. J. Crull, Sr., a prominent and well-to-do retired farmer and business man and a veteran of the Civil war. He resides in an attractive home in the city of Frankfort, and is one of the most substantial citizens and large tax payers of the county. He owns two well improved and valuable farms in the western part of Washington township, aggregating four hundred and sixty-five acres, of a productive land as the township affords. The elder Crull was born in Ohio some seventy years ago, coming from a sterling old Buckeye family, noted for its industry and honesty. He was reared and educated in his native state, coming to Clinton county when a young man and here soon got well established through his good management. He married Emma D. Allen, daughter of Moses ALLEN, also a fine old family.
To W. J. Crull, Sr., and wife two children were born, F. Allen and W. J., Jr.
W. J. Crull, Sr., is a strong Republican, and has been more or less influential in local party affairs in past years. He is a member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic.
The immediate subject of this review was reared on the home place in this county and he was taught to work and to handle live stock when a boy. He obtained a good education in the common and high schools.
On March 4, 1908, he married Mamie Harshman, who was born, reared and educated in Clinton county. She is a daughter of Edward HARSHMAN, a sketch of whom appears on another page in this work. The union of our subject and wife has resulted in the birth of one child, Emma Lucille.
Young Crull has charge of his father's large farm and he is making a pronounced success in the management of the same, carrying on general farming and stock raising on a large scale, feeding annually large numbers of cattle and hogs for the market. He has a beautiful rural home and everything about the place denotes thrift and good taste. He is a young man of pleasing address and is well liked by all who know him, and, judging from his past excellent record as a business man he gives every promise of eventually ranking among the leading argriculturists and stock men of the county.
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CRUM, John H.
To be a native of the Old Dominion, the mother of presidents has always been deemed an honor and every Viginian (sic) is ready to make known the fact that he first opened his eyes to her fair skies. He takes great pride in his family tree. And this is not strange for that great state has been the cradle of the nation from its early settlement. It has produced scores of the nations greatest men. Presidents, statesmen, generals and literary men. Her sons and daughters have been noted for their chivalry, their gallantry, and their genuine culture from the first, and she is a state of almost unbounded resources as well as one of our most picturesque from a physical standpoint.
One of these worthy sons is John H. Crum, well known farmer of Warren township, Clinton county, who is a scion of an excellent old Southern family. He was born in Roanoke county, Virginia, March 24, 1859. He is a son of William M. and Elizabeth (KROPFF) CRUM. The father was born April 9, 1833, in Franklin county, Virginia, and he died August 28, 1913. The mother was born March 23, 1836, also in Virginia, and her death occurred on December 9, 1886. William M. Crum subsequently married Catherine Crum, also a native of Virginia. She is still living. These parents grew to maturity in their native state, were educated and married there, and there Mr. Crum learned the carpenters trade which he followed in connection with farming through his active life. His family consisted of twelve children, ten of whom are still living, namely: Mrs. Lucy J. SHEETS, Martha E. SHEETS, John H., of this sketch; Christopher J., Silas W., Wilbert Calvin, Winfield W., Minnie E., Emma F., and Andrew A.
John H. Crum grew to manhood on the home farm in his native state, and there he received a public school education. He remained there until 1866 when he moved to Missouri, remaining there a year, then returned to Putnam county, and in 1874, came to Clinton county, locating in Warren township. In 1877, he went to Kansas where he remained until August, 1880, when he came back to Warren township, Clinton county, and here he has been engaged continuously in farming and stock raising. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of well improved and productive land, eighteen acres of which is in woods. He made his own improvements and has a good home. He makes a specialty of Shorthorn cattle, Duroc, Hampshire and Poland-China hogs and general purpose horses.
Mr. Crum married on December 17, 1885, Elizabeth J. Sheets, who was born March 1, 1866, in Warren township, Clinton county and here she grew to womanhood and received a common school education. She is a daughter of Jacob and Delilah (ALBORN) SHEETS, a sketch of whom appears on another page of this work. The death of Mrs. Crum occurred on October 21, 1907, after a helpful and happy married life of twenty-two years.
To Mr. And Mrs. Crum twelve children were born, namely: Francis Earl, June 26, 1886; Clarence R., December 10, 1888; Charles D., December 17, 1890; Walter W., November 1, 1892; Jacob M., May 26, 1894; John R., November 30, 1896; Nancy May, December 29, 1897; Artie F., September 27, 1899; Clifton D., September 23, 1900; Chalmer J., January 25, 1902; Neva O., June 21, 1904; and William H., October 15, 1907.
Fraternally, Mr. Crum is a member of the Masonic order at Beard. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Protestant church, and politically, he is a Democrat. At the present time he is township assessor. He has also served as justice of the peace and as constable. As a public servant he has discharged his duties most faithfully and to the eminent satisfaction of the people.
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CUE, I. M.
Among the farmers of Clinton county, Isaiah Marion Cue has been one of the most prosperous and intelligent. It may be said that he was born to the high calling of agricultural pursuits. His grandfather, William Cue, tilled the soil in Ohio, and his father, Lewis Cue, farmed in Indiana. But the subject of this sketch, Isaiah M. Cue, was not bounded in his ambition by the horizon of the farm. He gave his attention to local politics, and in time became one of the most astute politicians of Clinton county.
In recognition of his merit and special adaptability, Isaiah M. Cue was honored by his fellow citizens in 1910 with election to the office of county clerk. He polled the full strength of the Democratic party, and owing to his peculiar fitness for the office was given quite generous support by the members of other parties. This confidence time has proved was not misplaced, as Mr. Cue is easily one of the most faithful and efficient incumbents that the county clerk's office has ever had. He is thoroughly modern and up-to-date in his methods, and from his term will date a new era in despatching (sic) the county's business. He is one of the men identified with the progress of his county.
Isaiah M. Cue was born November 11, 1855, near Michigantown, Indiana, the son of Lewis and Sarah (FLOYD) CUE. He is of the old Buckeye stock, his father having been born in Clinton county, Ohio, February 11, 1817, and his grandfather hailing from the same state. This carries him back in direct genealogy to the early days of the government, the most momentous in many respects in all history. A notable incident in the family history is that William Cue, the grandfather, lived to be eighty years of age and was then killed by the falling of a tree. When Lewis Cue, the father of Isaiah, was fifteen years of age, his mother died, and in 1853 he moved from Ohio to Clinton county, Iowa, and subsequently returned to Clinton county, Indiana, where he became a land owner and prosperous farmer, his death occurring in November, 1883. He married Sarah FLOYD in Ohio, and five of eight children were born to them there. The place of her birth was Clinton county, Ohio, and that of her death Clinton county, Indiana. She was born June 15, 1818.
Isaiah M. Cue was given a common school education and put to work on his father's farm. Thus he was given, in the judgment of economists and philosophers, the best possible equipment for a satisfactory, and prosperous career. And he has proved the soundness of such judgment. On November 20, 1883, he was married to Loretta E. KING, who was born in Tipton county, Indiana, April 30, 1861. Four children are the fruit of this union. Carl, the eldest, is deputy clerk to his father; Oral is engaged at farm work, while Merle and Edith attend school.
Mr. Cue is among the foremost Democratic politicians of Clinton county and is a stanch member of the Methodist church. In both political and religious circles he is by common consent a leader, and such is the character of his leadership that it inspires the utmost confidence in those who follow it. He is one of those representative men whose intellectual attainments and benefactions immortalize them in county and state history.
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CUNNINGHAM, Alexander G.
The subject of our sketch, Alexander G. Cunningham, has made his name known in Johnson township by his agricultural and business accomplishments and he is regarded highly by all of his friends. Mr. Cunningham comes from a pioneer family who settled in Clinton county about the middle of the last century, and cultivated a farm where our subject now lives in contentment and material prosperity.
Alexander G. Cunningham was born in Johnson township, Clinton county, in a log cabin on the farm where he now resides. The date of his birth was December 11, 1853, and he was a son of William and Elizabeth (GOODNIGHT) CUNNINGHAM. The father was a native of the Old Dominion, being born in Virginia in 1806. He first moved to Ohio, living there until his marriage in 1850, and then coming to Clinton county. He passed from this earth on April 1, 1864. The mother was born in 1820 in the state of Ohio and died October 20, 1907. The father and mother could not obtain a very liberal education in their youth. The father followed farming all of his life, also the trade of the miller, and voted the Republican ticket. Ten children were born of the union: Martha J. (dec.), Sarah C. (dec.), James A., William H. (dec.), Mary A., Elizabeth F., A. G., Louisa B. (dec.), J. W. (dec.), and S. W.
Alexander Cunningham attended the common schools of Johnson township, this county, in his youth, and then took up agriculture, which he has followed continuously until the present time. At one time he raised Poland-China hogs on an extensive scale, and now keeps a few of the Duroc variety, also a good breed of Jersey cattle. His wife raises chickens. Our subject counts a total of one hundred and fifty acres in his holdings, nearly all of which is tillable. The land is well tiled, fenced, and has the latest improvements. Politically, Mr. Cunningham is a Republican.
On November 26, 1888, Mr. Cunningham was married to Mary E. HARGRAVE, who was born August 27, 1867, in Rockingham county, North Carolina, the daughter of Nathaniel and Matilda (POWERS) HARGRAVE. Her father is a native of Virginia, born there December 1, 1837, and now lives among his children. The mother was born in North Carolina in March, 1842, and died May 6, 1898. The father was a Democrat all of his life, and served four years in the Confederate army in the Civil war. He was the father of eleven children: Susan, Mary, Thomas H., John F., Joseph M., Ida W. (dec.), Della M. (dec.), Dora B., Robert A. (dec.), Arlis M. (dec.), and Grover S.
To our subject and wife there have been born eight children: Clarence, June 7, 1890, now in Purdue University: Frank W., a high school graduate and a student in agriculture at Purdue University, October 25, 1892, now at home; John G., April 27, 1895; E. Grace, June 14, 1897; Roy A., August 21, 1899; Eugene H., October 7, 1901, died March 30, 1904; Harvey, December 11, 2903, died March 26, 1904, and Glenn W., born June 16, 1907.
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Source I: A Portrait And Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, Ind., ... Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States, and Biographies of the Governors of Indiana. Published 1895 by A.W. Bowen & Co. in Chicago.
Source II : History of Clinton County, Indiana . With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. By Hon. Joseph Claybaugh. Published 1913 by A. W. Bowen & Company Indianapolis, Indiana
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